Whether you call it eggplant, brinjal, or aubergine, this purple plant is a common ingredient in many cuisines. Thanks to its spongy property, it can absorb flavors easily, making it an excellent addition to many savory dishes.
But have you ever wondered what eggplant tastes like, sans the flavor infusions?
Today, we will bring light to this mysterious veggie – what it is, how it tastes, and everything else there is to know about it.
So, if you are ready to become an aubergenius, read on!
What Does Eggplant Taste Like?
While different varieties of eggplant taste slightly different from one another, the flavor profile is mostly the same.
Its taste is usually compared to a zucchini – bland, bitter, and mild. That is why people prefer adding it to bold-flavored dishes to enhance its taste. When mixed with any oil or liquid, it absorbs the flavors, thus becoming super tasty.
Another fun fact for you: “female” eggplants are more bitter than the “male” species because they contain more bitter seeds and water.
When cooked, it becomes incredibly tender. It’s soft and creamy like mashed potatoes but has a tad slimmer consistency, like okra.
The best way I’ve found to prepare it is to slice it thinly crosswise(1/4 to 1/2 inch thick) and then dredge in an egg wash followed by the flour. Put it in a pan that has sizzling olive oil in it and fry until just past golden brown. Eat while hot with sauce. Yummy! It is delicious….